Weekly Update May 10, 2019


Foster Focus

Georgia Trend
From the Publisher: Foster Focus - Ben Young  

May is National Foster Care month, a time to shine the light on the heroic efforts of all who work in this field to find the best growth environment for children. Nearly half a million children are in foster care in the U.S., with 13,800 in Georgia as of February 2019.

This number is nearly double the 7,671 children who were in foster care in 2012 and includes kids in the care of the state Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), where they may live in relatives’ homes, foster homes, adoptive homes, private agencies, group homes, hospitals or youth detention centers.


►slots still open EMBARK SUMMER PROGRAM

The Embark Summer Program is designed for young people in foster care who are rising 10-11th graders to spend time on campus and learn about college life.  It is open to 50 students, and while space is filling up, some slots are still open.

Applications can be found here.

Students can decide which campus that they would like to visit:

  • University of Georgia - June 9-13 in Athens (25 student capacity)
  • Savannah State University - June 16-20 in Savannah (25 student capacity)

Application Instructions:

  • Please complete the entire application, including the brief reference section.
  • Applications must be received by May 15.
  • All applications will be submitted to the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, regardless of whether the applicant plans to attend the program at SSU or UGA.  Notifications will be made on a rolling basis.
  • All applications and any supporting materials should be mailed in one envelope or pdf file.
  • Applications may be sent via email to ksmith@fanning.uga.edu or via US mail to the following address:

Embark Summer Precollegiate Program
Attn: Kate Smith
J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
1240 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602


►Canceled 5/21 Understanding the Health and Mental Health Care Needs of Children in Foster Care (to be rescheduled)

8/13/2019          Telemental Health
9/24/2019          Cultural Competence
10/8/2019          Effective Supervision
12/3/2019          Strategic Planning Processes

A Morning with Judges
May 18 9 a.m. - 12 noon - This foster parent training, offered via Faithbridge,  is free  and provides 3 CEU’s — link to registration and additional information.  

Georgia Conference on Children and Families 
October 28-30, 2019 - Marriott Augusta



GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

May 8, 2019 GA+SCORE updates: significant event reporting
May 8, 2019 PBP Reporting Deadline -- April 2019 Data


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